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Whitfield Reviews EPA’s Budget; Presses EPA on Its Prioritizing of Regulations Over Jobs

Whitfield Reviews EPA’s Budget; Presses EPA on Its Prioritizing of Regulations Over Jobs

Bill Stephens

March 23rd, 2016

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield (KY-01), Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Energy and Power, on Tuesday held a joint hearing with the Subcommittee on Environment and Economy with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy on the administration’s fiscal year 2017 budget.  Members questioned EPA Administrator McCarthy on various EPA rules and regulations including the administration’s Clean Power Plan and ozone regulations.

“The costs of climate regulations are having real effects on people and family budgets,” said Chairman Whitfield.  “According to a NERA study, electricity prices could increase by an average of 11 percent to 14 percent nationwide under the Clean Power Plan.  Thousands of jobs are being lost throughout coal country in large part due to EPA regulations, with many more yet to come as several of the agency’s rules targeting coal have not fully taken effect.”

 

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